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Barnstead NH News

August 27, 2014




Presentation On Local Military Hero Gen. Harrison Thyng


This is a reminder that Lt. Col. James Thyng will be giving a presentation on the local military hero of WW II and the Korean War, Brigadier General Harrison Thyng.  It will presented to the Barnstead Historical Society on August 28 at 7:00 PM at the Barnstead Town Hall. This is located at 108 South Barnstead Road (Route 126) in Center Barnstead.


There will be no pot luck supper at this meeting and it will start at 7:00.  For further information contact Ken Pitman at rkpitman@aol.com or 603-269-5692.




Catholic Religious Education Classes

Follow the Son!


The Faith Formation program at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield, helps to promote the knowledge of faith, the meaning of the liturgy, and prepare students to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 


Join us for Orientation Day, Sunday Morning, Sept. 7, from 9-10AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory located at 20 River Road, in Pittsfield. For more information, please contact Jeannie Garcia at 269-4143, 942-8716 or the rectory at 435-6242.


If you are interested in the Catholic faith or are Catholic, but have not received a sacrament, adult classes are offered at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Please contact the rectory at 435-6242.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor

Having been a member of the Belknap County Delegation from 2008 to 2012, I participated in all meetings and hearings related to the rehabilitation of the criminal justice system in Belknap County. This included, but was not limited to, improvements to how we incarcerate criminals. At the original presentation by the Ricci group, the cost to replace the current jail ranged from $18 million to $42 million.


In addition to studying the recommendations of the various consultants whom have been hired to address the jail issue, I have researched what we need vs. what various constituents may like to have. I know that a portable classroom style building is not adequate; I also am certain that we donít need the Taj Mahal. I have a Bachellorís degree in Substance Abuse Control and a Masterís degree in Mental Health Counselling. In my profession, I have visited many jails around the country. When the issue surfaced here in Belknap County, I visited jails in other New Hampshire counties in order to understand our comparative needs vs. wants.


If elected, I am prepared to use my expertise to represent the residents of Belknap County and to bring this issue to closure. Our jail does need to be replaced; the question is what we must have and how to fit that with what we can afford. What was once an $18 million minimum expense has now grown to a far larger expense, and continues to grow daily. The more we wait, the more it will cost Belknap County taxpayers.


I appreciate your support and your vote on September 9th. I promise to represent all of my constituents in Alton, Gilmanton, and Barnstead as we solve the corrections problem as well as for all other issues. My door is always open.


Hon. Elaine Swinford




Locke Lake Social Club

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Arlene Gilmore, happy she just got 3 points by

getting her bean bag in the hole.


On August 17th, the Locke Lake Social Club had their annual picnic & games event.  There was a good turn out of members who brought appetizers and desserts, to go along with their own picnic lunch.


After mealtime, games were played and winning cash prizes for the bean bag toss and the croquet golf, was double winner Bill Moody, and for the bean bag winner, Ray Gilmore. 


Winning the cribbage game was Arlene Gilmore and the cardgame  3/13, was won by Mary Strong.


The next event for the club will be on the Winni Belle Boat out of Wolfeboro on August 27th.


Monkey Golf will be on September 6th at 9:00 am. The  game is for ďnot seriousĒ golfers, which is open to all colony members.  Registration fee is $5.00 which will be returned as prizes for the winners at the pot luck supper that evening at 6:00pm.


Anyone interested in participating please call Ann @ 393-7233.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Childrenís Programs


Toddler Time and Story Hour will begin again during the first week of September at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library. Toddler Time is at 10:30 am and will start on Tuesday, September 2nd and Story Hour will be at 10am and will start on Wednesday, September 3rd.  These are weekly programs that include stories, songs, music & movement, arts & crafts and light snacks. They are free programs for families offered through the library with help from parent volunteers. This year Toddler Time and Story Hour will follow a six week session schedule. Please visit our website or come see us at the library for a copy of the 2014/2015 schedule. 


Teen Library Club

The next Teen Library Club meeting will be on Thursday, September 4th at the library from       6-7:30pm. The Teen Library Club will be meeting on the first Thursday of each month during the school year. Join us for some fun and lots of laughter with friends. 


After School Library Club

The Oscar Foss Memorial Library will be starting an Afterschool Library Club for Barnstead children in grades K- 8. Children in grades K-3 are invited the first Tuesday of each month at 4pm and children in grades 4-8 are invited on the third Tuesday of each month at 4pm. The Afterschool Library Club will begin in September, with the first group starting on 9/2/14 and the next group will meet on 9/16/14. The children will choose names for their groups during their first meetings. Sign up is not required, so join us for lots of special activities and fun!  


Lego Club

The next Lego Club will be on Friday, September 19th from 3-4:30pm at the library. We will provide all the Legos and display the childrenís creative constructions in the library. The Lego Club is held every third Friday of each month and runs all year. Thereís no sign up required, so just come on in and start building!


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) for more information about these or any of our other programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library Hours are: Monday; 2pm-8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday; 10am-5pm, Thursday; 5pm-8pm, Friday; 2pm-5pm, Saturday; 9am-Noon.   



Summer Concert Series

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Summerís final hoorah is upon us!  Round out your Labor Day weekend festivities with the last concert of the Barnstead Parks and Recreation summer series, featuring the Rockiní Daddios, including Barnsteadís own Angelo Gentile.  These gentlemen bring the music from the fifties and sixties back to life in a family friendly presentation guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.


Following the concert, stick around for fireworks at dark courtesy of the Board of Selectmen.  The nice folks from the Parade Congregational Church will be on hand with concessions. The show starts at 6:00 pm.  As always, smoking, alcohol and glass containers are prohibited on the Parade grounds.  See you on Saturday!



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